IN THIS ISSUE:  Preston Feather Job Watch | October Training | 2018 Parade of Homes  |  Spotlight on Whiskers
Pumping up our workforce
Northern Michigan’s building again, but now we face a growing shortage of skilled crews to keep up with demand. Replenishing and strengthening our talent pool will take a team effort within the industry. Stronger promotion, better recruiting, more training. The National Association of Home Builders is urging us all to help increase public awareness of the opportunities available in construction trades professions. Scroll down for a few ideas of our own.
NEW! Preston Feather
job watch card

If you know someone who may be a good fit for the Preston Feather team, pick up one of our new Job Watch recruitment cards. Instructions on the back of the card provide a link to our current job openings and instructions for application.

The Industrial Arts Institute in Onaway
Scheduling classes now!
The IAI offers premier comprehensive trade programs that prepare students to become qualified and employable carpenters, electricians, plumbers, welders, machinists, pipefitters and steel workers.
Contact Student Services at 989-733-4369 
Become a trained NUDURA installer
Comprehensive one-day course
Wednesday Oct 25th, 8am-5pm
Hampton Inn in Petoskey

Build faster and more efficiently while offering your clients an eco-friendly structure with substantial benefits that contribute to long-term energy savings.

$150 cost includes meals and installation manual
Contact Denise Cubitt at NUDURA, Inc. | 866-468-6299
Showcase your work
in HBANM’s inaugural Parade of Homes
June 22-25, 2018
The 2018 HBANM Parade of Homes will be the first in almost 10 years in our region. Showcase your displays of talent, engineering, and craftsmanship. HBA will be updating their website regularly with new information.

Contact HBANM | 231-348-9770
HBANM Builder Bash
Oct 28th, 6-11pm
Grand Unity Center, Petoskey
(K of C Hall, US 31 South)
• $2,000 cash prize guaranteed
• Lots of new games to play
• $500 Delta gift card

Benefits go to the Building Trades Scholarship Fund
$100/person (dinner & four drink tickets included)

For tickets, call HBANM | 231-348-9770
Retail stores closing early for inventory
Oct 27th, 28th
Preston Feather retail stores will close at noon Friday, October 27th through Saturday, October 28th for yard counts. We will still be able to make deliveries and initiate orders. It will be business as usual for many salespeople, sales support and drivers.
Employee spotlight:
Steve Wiatrolik,
AKA “Whiskers”
Steve has spent the last 13 years making Preston Feather a better place. He makes sure our customers are always greeted with a smile and given the best service possible. His genuine personality is a bright spot in our Harbor Springs yard and he demonstrates giving 110% every day. Steve is in charge of two lumber buildings and with his acute attention to detail and his organization skills, they are successfully and efficiently operated. Preston Feather truly enjoys having Steve on our team and we are lucky to have him!
“When I was a boy the Dead Sea was only sick.”

George Burns